Lat 16° 6' 0N Long 120° 31' 0E Located between Lingayen and San
Fabian bordering Lingayen Gulf.
On January 9, 1945 US Army landed at Bonuan (Blue Beach) near Dagupan. General MacArthur toured
Dagupan on January 12, 1945 three days after the
landing to officially return to Luzon. He walked
the Fernandez Avenue, and stayed at the West Central Elementary
School in the center of Dagupan.
museum is free and is located in the center of town, across from
the town hall and park. Inside the second story of the building
is a small collection of historical artifacts from the city cathedral
prior to renovation and several WWII era relics of helmets. Also,
there are large copies of WWII photos taken when MacArthur
landed and toured around the town. Outside
in a park is rail road locomotive #17 that used to travel on the rail line
that began in Manila and terminated in Dagupan.
Central Elementary School
This elementary school is located across from the museum. This
school is still in use to this day as an elementary school. It was
at this location that Then & Now West Central Elementary School.
the school, he stayed in an old house located to the north
side of the school, known afterwards as the 'MacArthur House'. Today,
the house is used by the school as a home economics building
and pre-school, but is open to visitors for free tours, see
the school's principal for access. The building is
in deteriorating condition. All the room were used
by MacArthur, including the large bath tub on the second
Beach at Dagupan where US Army forces landed on January 9, 1945 and MacArthur
landed with cameras rolling on December 12, 1945. Today, on the beach there
is a memorial plaque, and statue of General Douglas Macarthur.
Street in Dagupan. MacArthur toured this street after the January 9, 1945 landing. A.
G. Noriega Jewelry Store was open at that same location until 1990. Then & Now Fernandez Avenue
small memorial ringed by bullet shaped chain fence reads: "Luzon Landing - On this shore, known as Blue Beach, Bonuan, Dagupan City,
the first combat troops of the sixth army of the United States of America under
the command of General Douglas MacArthur landed on 9 January 1945 to liberate
the island of Luzon thus fulfilling his promise to the Filipino people: 'I shall
Located at the edge of the beach, beach at Donuan, just outside Dagupan is
this statue of General Douglas Macarthur. In 2003, the park was semi-overgrown,
and decrepit. Plaques on the base of the statue read: 'Defenders of Bataan
and Corregidor' and 'WWII Guerillas - It Can Be Done'.
Catholic Church in Dagupan.
Dagupan Train Station
Built by the Spanish, and opened in 1892 as the The Manila-Dagupan line of the Manila Railway Company Limited. Today, it is abandoned.
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January 8, 2014